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Executive Toughness by Jason Selk

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CHAPTER 4Prioritizing the Priorities

Schedule It or Forget It

Arm in; shoulders up; step, step, slide; cha, cha, cha. Jim Steiner entered day two of the dance competition knowing that he could do better: “I was tight on the first day. I knew I was capable of more. I knew I was prepared and as soon as I got my mind right, I found my groove.” After two days of moving and grooving, Steiner awed the crowd and judges into voting him among the “top 20 newcomers” out of more than 200 of the nation’s toughest competitors.

Six months earlier, Jim had won his country club’s highly competitive match play golf championship. With the pressure mounting, Jim relied heavily on his composure and ability: “It wasn’t like I made any single outstanding shot to win ...

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